Ziggi’s planning a café-style coffee shop in southwest Loveland – Loveland Reporter-Herald

Ziggi’s Coffee, the Longmont-based chain that has been opening new drive-thrus around Northern Colorado and nationwide, is planning a new concept for southwest Loveland.

Ziggi’s has two cafes in Longmont, but most of its growth has been in small single- or double-lane drive-thru kiosks that focus on getting commuters their coffee and specialty drinks quickly – such as Ziggi’s first Loveland location, which opened in November 2017 at 4201 N. Taft Ave.

Of late, though, the company has been experimenting with a café-drive-thru combination, a larger coffee shop with indoor seating and more food choices.

Brandon Knudsen, co-founder and president of Ziggi’s, said the company tested the model with its café on Belle Creek Boulevard in the community of Henderson in northeast metro Denver.

“Our Belle Creek store is our top-performing store, revenue-wise,” which makes sense because it sells food as well as drinks, he said.

A few weeks ago, Ziggi’s posted signs advertising a new store at the northeast corner of South Taft Avenue and Carlisle Drive. If all goes as planned, that Ziggi’s will be a café-drive-thru combo, Knudsen said, and open in the spring of 2020.

Because the property for the proposed cafe is in a neighborhood created by the city’s planned unit development process, which designated the lot commercial but didn’t anticipate a drive-thru restaurant, it must go through a rezoning process, according to city documents.

Last month, the Loveland Planning Commission approved the change unanimously, and the rezoning is on the City Council’s consent agenda Tuesday.

According to documents in the council packet from the city planning staff, six residents of the homes in the development, which back up to a pond left from gravel mining, attended a neighborhood meeting, and all supported the idea of having a neighborhood café.

The single drive-thru lane will be oriented away from the homes, to lessen the impact, according to the documents.

The coffee shop will be within walking distance of the 15 homes along Split Rock Drive and close to Thompson Valley High School and the Thompson School District administration building, which is accessible from Carlisle Drive.

“Where we see an area where there’s definitely demand for a place to hang out and meet and do homework … we try to put in a café if at all possible,” Knudsen said of the company’s decision to build a café rather than a drive-thru kiosk at the location. “You can go hang out if you want to, or fly through.”

Ziggi’s also is building a café-drive-thru in Thornton, near Cabela’s, he said.

The new Loveland store will cover about 1,900 square feet, Knudsen said, with comfortable seating and community tables. It will sell salads, sandwiches and pastries from Spruce Confections of Boulder and breakfast burritos from Burrito Kitchens of Longmont.

The new café will be owned by franchisees Jill and Greg Bland. In March, Greg Bland opened a Christian Brothers Automotive franchise at 5542 N. Garfield Ave.

Knudsen said the Blands have bought a “three-pack” of Ziggi’s locations for Loveland. A second site is under consideration on West Eisenhower Boulevard, and the third hasn’t been determined yet, he said.

Currently, 19 Ziggi’s cafes and drive-thru kiosks are operating, all but two of them in Colorado. Nine are owned by the company, and 12 are franchises, he said.

But the company has 23 new stores in the works, from Pennsylvania to Iowa to Arizona to Oregon to California to Colorado, he said. All the out-of-state stores are franchises.